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John Bendtsen appointed general manager of Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka

John Bendtsen appointed general manager of Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka ( BANGKOK, Thailand - Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels&Resorts, has announced the appointment of John Bendtsen as general manager of Centara Ceysands Resort&Spa Sri Lanka.

John is Australian and has 21 years of international hospitality industry experience gained from working in Oceanic and Asia, including several general management and regional management roles at leading resorts and hotels around Australia. He has worked at Oakwood Residence Thonglor in Bangkok, Thailand, and then he joined Centara Hotels&Resorts at Centara Grand Island Resort&Spa Maldives in the position of general manager in 2010, a position he held for two years. Prior to being appointed as general manager of Centara Ceysands Resort&Spa Sri Lanka, John was general manager of Centara Hotels&Resorts in Mauritius.

Centara Ceysands Resort&Spa Sri Lanka is located on the Bentota Peninsula, at the southwest of the island, with the Bentota River on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other.

The resort’s arrival lounge is situated at Aluthgama, on the inland side of the river, with guests travelling across the water by barge, a journey that takes two minutes.

The resort has 165 rooms and suites, including family residences, with all the accommodations featuring views across the river, or across the beach and the ocean.

Restaurant facilities include Café Bem, serving Sri Lankan and international cuisines along with buffets; 360 Seafood, which specializes in locally sourced seafood; and Ceylon Club, a lounge and bar serving a full range of snacks and beverages all day.

Spa Cenvaree offers traditional Sri Lankan and Indian treatments along with its range of signature Thai therapies, there is a fitness center, an oceanfront swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a children’s pool, a water sports center, and a Kids’ Club with separate zones for the youngsters and the teens.

The resort’s versatile events space can accommodate a wide-ranging number of functions including meetings, incentives groups, weddings and outdoor receptions, all supported by state of the art audiovisual equipment and the facilities available at the business center.

The resort is just a few minutes from Aluthgama railway station. Colombo is reached in less than two hours by road and Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport is 100 kilometers away from the resort.

Centara Hotels&Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 47 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 21 resorts in Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Qatar, Laos and Oman brings the present total to 68 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 30 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with 7 branches of the value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travelers. The company’s Kids’ Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens have their own leisure zone. Centara also operates three state-of-the-art convention centers in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen. The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an affordable lifestyle brand designed for travelers who predominantly make their bookings via the Internet and who want comfort and convenience at affordable prices; the brand is under development with the first property due to open in 2016.

For more information and reservations, please contact tel. +662 101 1234 ext. 1 or e-mail to href=""> or website


MEDIA CONTACT: Wilasinee Jinaut, Centara Hotels & Resorts, 999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330, Thailand, Tel: +66 (0) 2 769 1234, Fax: +66 (0) 2 769 1235, Email:

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